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CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, Local Screening Jan 14

By Sara Isenberg
Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Santa Cruz Tech Beat

December 10, 2015 — Santa Cruz, CA

The Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz invites the public for a screening and discussion of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap.

CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide. The film highlights breakthrough efforts that are producing more diverse programmers and shows how this critical gap can be closed. CODE asks: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code and how do we get there?

  • CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016
  • 6:30 – 7:00 PM – Networking Reception
    7:00 – 8:30 PM – Film Screening
    8:30 – 9:30 PM – Panel Discussion
  • Cruzio, 877 Ceder St, Santa Cruz
  • Free and open to public: RSVP here.

Tech jobs are growing three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates. By 2020, there will be one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the USA. Through compelling interviews, artistic animation and clever flashpoints in popular culture, CODE documentary examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis. Expert voices from the worlds of tech, psychology, science, and education are intercut with inspiring stories of women who are engaged in the fight to challenge complacency in the tech industry and have their voices heard. CODE aims to inspire change in mindsets, in the educational system, in startup culture and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding.

After the film, attendees are invited to listen to a panel of engineers, executives, faculty, and students who will explore the issues regarding the shortage of women and minorities in computer science and engineering.

Come learn more about the diversity challenges in the engineering and technology fields and participate in the dialogue about how we can meet these challenges and change the statistics.

This event, sponsored by Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, is free and open to public, suitable for high-school age and up. Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

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